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Depth Scoring Playing Major Role in Avs' Success

The Avalanche received contributions throughout its lineup in OT win against Panthers

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SUNRISE, Fla.--Nathan MacKinnon finished the job for the Colorado Avalanche in overtime on Friday night against the Florida Panthers, but it was offensive production from its other players that allowed the club to leave South Florida with multiple points.

Joonas Donskoi tied a career high with three points in the contest (one goal, two assists), and Andre Burakovsky scored twice in the middle stanza before adding an assist on MacKinnon's game-winning goal at 3:03 of OT to complete a three-point night of his own, which also tied an NHL personal best.

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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 5, Panthers 4 (OT)

Nathan MacKinnon scored in overtime to help Colorado improve to 6-0-1

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SUNRISE, Fla.--The Colorado Avalanche rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Florida Panthers 5-4 in overtime on Friday night at BB&T Center.

Nathan MacKinnon scored his seventh career overtime tally to help Colorado earn the win and remain the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss, improving its record on the season to 6-0-1.

Andre Burakovsky had two goals while Joonas Donskoi and Matt Nieto also tallied for the Avs, which scored three times in the second period to help erase a 3-1 deficit entering the middle frame. The second period featured a flurry of goals, as Colorado and Florida combined for four markers in a 3:58 time frame.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Panthers

Nathan MacKinnon in questionable to play

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

SUNRISE, Fla.--Forward Nathan MacKinnon is a game-time decision for the Colorado Avalanche's matchup this evening against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.

MacKinnon didn't take part in today's morning skate after he hurt his leg from a hit by Patric Hornqvist in the first period of the Avs' game on Wednesday at the Pittsburgh Penguin.

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Avs Head to the Sunshine State for Back-to-Back Set

Colorado begins two-game stand in Florida against the Panthers

by Zach Shapiro / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche migrates south to continue its six-game road trip and looks to earn its sixth win of the season when it takes on the Florida Panthers on Friday. 

The Avalanche fell for the first time this year in Wednesday night's 3-2 overtime loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nathan MacKinnon's tying goal in the third period forced extra minutes and kept the team's point streak alive. 

Matt Calvert scored his first goal of the season when he lasered a feed from Matt Nieto for a 1-0 lead in the first period. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation and Penguins forward Brandon Tanev scored the overtime winner with just over a minute remaining in the extra frame.

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Avalanche Farm Report: Oct. 17

Josh Dickinson recorded a hat trick on Wednesday

by Zach Shapiro / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Colorado Eagles

Jayson Megna scored two goals in the final 2:12 of regulation and assisted Jacob MacDonald's overtime-winner to lift the Colorado Eagles over the Ontario Reign, 4-3, on Friday. Colorado forward T.J. Tynan notched three assists in the game and goaltender Adam Werner stopped 33 of the 36 shots for his first win of the season.

Eagles defenseman Mark Alt scored the game's first goal, but the Eagles faced a 3-1 deficit before Megna's late magic. Megna's second goal, with 25 seconds left, came on a 6-4 chance after the Eagles pulled Werner to double-down on a power-play opportunity.

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Makar Had Memorable Point Streak

Avalanche rookie defenseman went on a historic run to begin the season

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

PITTSBURGH--Cale Makar's season-opening point streak is over, but the run that the rookie had to begin his first regular season was nonetheless impressive.

Makar recorded assists in each of the Colorado Avalanche's first five games to become only the fifth defenseman in NHL history to open their career with such a point streak. He was one shy of tying the all-time record of six that is held by Marek Zidlicky (Nashville, 2003-04), but he was held off the gamesheet in the Avs' 3-2 overtime loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

The Calgary, Alberta, native had his chances though, directing seven shot attempts toward the net and skating a team and career-high 23:53. He played 2:41 of the 3:57 OT period, but he was disappointed after the game that he didn't do more on the ice to prevent the game-winning goal against.

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Rapid Recap: Penguins 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)

Avs extend point streak to six games

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

PITTSBURGH--The Colorado Avalanche extended its point streak to six games but lost 3-2 in overtime to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena. The Avs and Buffalo Sabres are the only clubs in the NHL without a regulation loss in the 2019-20 campaign.

Matt Calvert opened the game's scoring with his first goal of the year early in the first period, and Nathan MacKinnon extended his season-opening point streak to six games with his third tally of the campaign. MacKinnon, who has nine points (three goals, six assists) on the season, buried a slick wrist shot on a 2-on-1 rush early in the third period to tie the contest at 2-2.

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Projected Lineup: Avalanche at Penguins

Colorado rotating defensemen now that everyone is healthy

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

PITTSBURGH--Mark Barberio and J.T. Compher will be back in the Colorado Avalanche lineup tonight as the club continues its road trip at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Barberio returns to game action following a one-game, healthy-scratch stint on Monday due to Ian Cole making his season debut. Cole will remain in the lineup and will be paired on defense with rookie Cale Makar, while Barberio is expected to play with Ryan Graves.

Nikita Zadorov is the odd-D-man out tonight. Head coach Jared Bednar is trying to keep all of his blueliners fresh, and he has liked what he's seen from Barberio and Cole in the games that they've played in.

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Colorado's Road Trip Continues at Pittsburgh

The Avs opened their six-game road swing with a win in Washington on Monday

by Kate Reed / ColoradoAvalanche.com

After a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Monday, the Colorado Avalanche is heading to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Wednesday. It is the second game of the Avs' season-long, six-game road trip around the country.

Right wing Mikko Rantanen leads Colorado with nine points (four goals, five assists) while center Nathan MacKinnon has eight points (two goals, six assists), left wing Gabriel Landeskog has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) and defenseman Cale Makar has registered six points (six assists).

Pittsburgh is 4-2-0 on the season and is led by center Sidney Crosby, who has 10 points (three goals, seven assists), and defenseman Kris Letang, who has eight points (two goals, six assists).

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Aluminum Cups Coming to Pepsi Center

Ball and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment introduce innovative recyclable cup to fans

by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment / PepsiCenter.com

Ball Corporation and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC ("KSE") today announced that Ball's infinitely recyclable aluminum cup will soon be available to visitors at KSE's  in Denver, Colorado. This is the first major professional sports arena to introduce the aluminum cups at full scale, debuting during the NBA's Denver Nuggets' home opener against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, Oct. 25 and at the NHL's Colorado Avalanche game against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Ball, a leader in cutting-edge, sustainable aluminum beverage packaging, designed the lightweight aluminum cups in response to growing consumer preference for more sustainable products. KSE's Pepsi Center is the home to the Avalanche, Nuggets and the NLL's Colorado Mammoth, expanding the aluminum cups offering to professional basketball, hockey and lacrosse fans, as well as concertgoers.

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